January 22nd, 2013
06:08 PM ET

3 injured in shooting, fight at Lone Star College in Houston

  • Three people, including a maintenance man who was accidentally shot and two people who were fighting each other, were injured during fight at Lone Star College campus in Houston, Texas, officials say
  • Fourth person also sent to hospital with medical condition, officials say
  • It's not immediately clear whether one or two people fired shots, or how the two "persons of interest" were injured
  • Below are updates as they came to us; full story here. Also, check out CNN affiliates KHOU, KPRC and KTRK

[Updated at 6:08 p.m. ET] "We don’t know exactly if she had a heart attack or a stroke,” Harris County sheriff's spokeswoman Christina Garza says of the female who was hospitalized with an unspecified medical condition.

[Updated at 5:44 p.m. ET] According to officials at a news conference, four people were taken to hospitals - three who were injured and one who suffered an unspecified medical condition - but the account of who they were differs from information we received earlier.

One person - a school maintenance worker - was accidentally shot during an altercation between two other people, Harris County sheriff's Maj. Armando Tello said. That man was shot in the leg, is in his mid-50s, and is in stable condition, said Richard Carpenter, chancellor for the Lone Star College system.

The two "persons of interest" suspected of fighting each other also were injured, Tello said. Tello did not say how they were injured.

Tello also said one handgun was involved in the incident. When asked whether only one person was armed, Tello said he didn't know. Earlier, a school spokesman had said two gunmen were involved in the incident.

Also, a fourth person - a female who has a student ID - was taken to a hospital with some sort of medical condition, Tello said. Earlier, a federal law enforcement source told CNN that someone had suffered a heart attack.

Carpenter said the fight happened in a courtyard area between two buildings. That seems to mesh with what a law enforcement source said earlier about the incident happening in an outside area between a library and a cafeteria.

[Updated at 4:52 p.m. ET] A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation says the shooting appears to have taken place in an outside area between a library and a cafeteria, CNN's Carol Cratty reports.

[Updated at 4:30 p.m. ET] Two suspects are now in custody, CNN affiliates KHOU and KTRK reported. CNN has not yet independently confirmed this information.

Authorities are expected to conduct a news conference at about 5 p.m. ET.

[Updated at 4:03 p.m. ET] Police believe the second suspect fled into woods nearby, a law enforcement source briefed by officers on the scene told CNN.

Authorities are focusing their search on the wooded area, which is adjacent to George Bush Intercontinental Airport, the source said.

[Updated at 3:59 p.m. ET] An unidentified Lone Star College student who says she witnessed some of the shooting told CNN affiliate KHOU that an argument between two people preceded the gunfire.

A gunman, she said, told someone: "I don't want to fight you; I'm not trying to go to jail."

The witness appeared to reference only one gunman; it wasn't clear whether she saw a second gunman. She said he "actually turned away from the situation" at first but eventually pulled a gun out of a backpack. She said she heard about nine shots.

"I think it was a bunch of crap that could've been resolved and never should have gone that far," the witness said.

[Updated at 3:23 p.m. ET] Texas Gov. Rick Perry is being briefed about the situation by law enforcement personnel, Perry spokesman Josh Havens said.

"(Perry's) thoughts and prayers are with those that have been impacted," Havens said. "We have nothing more to add at this point, but the governor will continue to closely monitor the situation."

[Updated at 3:17 p.m. ET] A freshman who was in a nearby classroom, Amanda Vasquez, tells CNN's Brooke Baldwin that she heard about six shots. She says she heard from other people that some shooting happened in a library, but she believes that the gunshots she heard came not from the library, but from the hallway outside her class.

"I was in the academic building, waiting for English class to start. I heard about six shots, and kids started rushing down the hallway. A few came into our class. It really happened so fast," she said.

She said people were shouting, and she hid under a table in a corner of the classroom. She called her mother.

"I called my mom to (let her know) I was OK (and that) I loved her, just in case anything was going to happen," Vasquez said. "... At first she didn’t believe me ... but I kept telling her it's happening and need you to call the cops."

[Updated at 3:06 p.m. ET] Someone - a fourth person - suffered a heart attack, according to a federal law enforcement source who is receiving reports from the scene, CNN's Carol Cratty reports.

So, recapping what we've been told:

- Three people, including a gunman, were wounded in a shooting between two people on the North Harris campus of Lone Star College in Houston, school spokesman Jed Young said.
- The second gunman is on the loose but not believed to be on campus, Young said.
- A fourth person suffered a heart attack, according to the federal law enforcement source.
- The shooting happened at a campus library, the federal law enforcement source says.
- No deaths have been reported.

[Updated at 2:54 p.m. ET] Two wounded people have been taken to surgery at Ben Taub Hospital and are in "relatively serious condition," CNN affiliate KTRK reported. They were conscious when they arrived at the hospital, KTRK reported.

[Updated at 2:43 p.m. ET] Three people - one suspected shooter and two people caught in a "crossfire" - were wounded in a shooting that appears to have been between two people at the Lone Star College campus in Houston, school spokesman Jed Young said.

The wounded suspect is in custody, and the second gunman is on the loose but not believed to be on campus, Young said.

Authorities believe the school is "under control, but the school is still being evacuated," Young said.

Young said he doesn't know the conditions of the wounded. He said the shooting - apparently between two gunmen - was reported at about 12:31 p.m. CT.

Two apparently unintended targets were shot in a "crossfire," he said.

[Updated at 2:28 p.m. ET] The FBI and ATF have sent agents to assist local authorities, according to Shauna Dunlop with FBI Houston and Franceska Perot with ATF Houston.

[Updated at 2:27 p.m. ET] A witness told CNN affiliate KPRC that she hid underneath her desk while she heard five or six gunshots at Lone Star College.

[Updated at 2:26 p.m. ET] One person has been transported to Houston Northwest Medical Center, according to spokeswoman Ashley Walton.

She would not give any further details about the patient.

[Updated at 2:14 p.m. ET] Students were filing out of what CNN affiliate KHOU reports is the library on campus.

[Updated at 2:10 p.m. ET] Video from CNN affiliate KPRC shows law enforcement personnel herding people from one part of the campus to another.

[Updated at 2:02 p.m. ET] Students at a Lone Star College campus in Houston have been asked to take shelter after reports of a gunman on campus, a school spokesman said.

More than 10,000 students are at the North Harris campus of Lone Star College, spokesman Jed Young said.

[Initial post, 1:50 p.m. ET] A shooting has been reported at a Lone Star College campus in Houston, Texas, CNN affiliates KTRK and KPRC reported.

Footage from KPRC showed a large number of law enforcement personnel on campus, and at least two people being wheeled on gurneys toward ambulances.

This story is developing. We'll post more details as we get them.

soundoff (2,246 Responses)
  1. dont be a sucker

    Hey Anti-American gun haters...Know This

    Even IF you get a 'ban' on AR-15's, these guns are completely modular, Co.s like Rock River Arms have Lifetime warranty's, and since customers who have their 'grandfathered' guns also have a right to their guns being fixed if they break, parts will still be made....Police depts use RRA also...Every gun shop worth 2 cents has more than 1 AR-15 assembler.

    Guess what ?....These guns are still gonna be made, and sold to to Real Americans who don't give a damn what you Control Freak filthbags think

    January 22, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl

      You're right of course, the only way to make an actual difference would be if all guns were illegal and were actively seized by the government.

      And since that won't happen, we're better off making fun of the gun nuts and the half-measures that manage to get past their lobbying.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl

      You may want to pick up a history book. Hitler did the opposite of taking the guns away from people. You need better sources of information than chain emails.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larrybeo

      You should do your homework. The NRA is the most Anti-American organization next to the KKK. Can you name the last president that supported the NRA? I think you, Sucker, are in the wrong country.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • dont be a sucker


      fine.....i'll be more specific

      Hitler disarmed 'his' jewish people'.....he made it illegal for jews to own weapons.

      But yes....he armed the 'Germans'

      now go away

      January 22, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl

      Still wrong. Hitler did not take guns away from anyone, including jews.

      January 22, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chi-town

    google GBE#300 Glory Boyz Entertainment. This is what young america looks up to this teen fluant money,guns,violence ur kids pay them by buying their MUSIC

    January 22, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lilgtogirl

    Guns don't kill people, but black people sure as hell do.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • cs

      so do others

      January 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • duh

      You are very ignorant...all of the recent mass killings have been done by whites. The person more than likely to go nuts is usually a write male, so what the heck are u talking about? Oh, whites are frustrated, so they have an excuse, right. Blacks do not tend to flip and go to a school and kill kids or hate others so much that they wanna kill everyone at a mosque. So u can go where the sun does not shine u racist!

      January 22, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Armed for a Fight

    Buy a high capacity handgun, tuck it under your shirt, keep extra magazines in your pockets. Works for me. If some punk pulls out the steel, you fill him full of holes. It's kill or be killed in this country, so either come armed or GO HOME.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • J Robinson

      I am home. And I don't like your solution. It's gonna change.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl

      Fill him full of holes while you are being filled full of holes in return. And don't forget to injure the bystanders nearby as well.

      Which is exactly what happened in this story.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Not it he puts a round in your head first.

      January 22, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mark Theo

    It's truly sad how stupid people justify everything with extreme exaggerations. Let's dumb it down for the idiot savants, the clueless and the truly stupid. The founding fathers didn't write the 2nd amendment while they packed their muskets for that single bullet. Hello? Semi automatic weapons didn't exist. No one imagined or envisioned walking on the moon. The technology we have today did not exist and in that time period I believe those folks would've described this as "witch craft." Let's keep dumbing it down and defining an out of date amendment to justify the shootings and keep those idiots conspiracy theorists writing on their blogs about Newtown being made up. Home of the free and completely drunk and stupid.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • commonsenseMan

      Excuse me this incident did not involve a assault rifle ...you need to get your facts straight bud

      January 22, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      The founding fathers could not possibly have envisioned twitter or other forms of social media when they wrote the first amendment. Since there are so many untruths spoken in these forums that go out to thousands of people, let's abolish those too. Freedom of speech is also out of hand, according to your logic.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dont be a sucker

    I'm not sure why Ms Feinstein thinks yet another law would be effective. The shooter in Connecticut broke the law when he shot his mother, broke it when he stole her weapons, broke it by having possession of the weapons, broke it when he transported those weapons, broke when he kicked in a school window, broke it when he took the weapons onto school grounds and broke it when he began firing. What law could we pass that be "The One" he wouldn't have broken?

    We put Air Marshals on random aircraft, we authorized arming of pilots, we see armored cars drive by every day, filled with armed individuals, yet the idea of putting armed guards where we put our most precious (children) into a place where they are extremely vulnerable (school) is a 'crazy idea' ?! ?! ?!. But, when tragedy occurs our politicians don't address the fact that THEY created that "Gun free Zone", Oh No...They wail and tell us we need to enact a ban on something already banned. They tell us we need to "change" and "do better" then they do the same old thing.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl

      PS: There are already armed guards at schools. Columbine had an armed guard present who arguably made a difference. My high school had an armed guard 20 years ago, well before this wave of shootings even happened.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ms. Pea

    This is what can happen if everyone is armed. Arguments that used to be nothing more than yelling and maybe fistfights escalate to gunshots. Bystanders are wounded or killed. It's a frightening vision of the future. Someone cuts in front of you in line at the movies – shoot him. Someone pulls in front of you in traffic – shoot him. Is this really the future we want?

    January 22, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. commonsenseMan

    Is the world going crazy ?

    January 22, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • b

      No, media is just hyping the issue.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Noah


    January 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. b

    1. Races need to be identified.
    2. Weapons need to be identified.
    $100 on it being 2 minorities with handguns.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Guess you haven't been paying much attention lately.

      January 22, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. henrytheprince

    This was not a "mass shooting" as much as the media would loved for it to have been. This was a disagreement between two people. The same type of disagreement which occurs in Chicago and Detroit on a daily basis, and yet the news finds no need to cover those "disagreements." If it wasn't a gun, it would have been a knife, Bow and Arrow, Spear, nunchucks, or whatever the hell else someone can get their hands on to cause harm to another individual.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Clearlight

    Congratulations, America. There have been 4 school shootings with multiple victims so far in 2013, and we're only 22 days into the new year. With the NRA, the gun lobby, and gun extremists everywhere blocking reasonable gun ownership measures like universal background checks and a ban of assault weapons and high capacity magazines, who knows, we might even beat our own world record of the most gun deaths in a country in one year. Yahoo! Way to go, America! USA! USA! USA! USA!

    January 22, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • samikep

      Prior to 1990 there had been only 7 in the history of the United States and children had much more access to guns in the past, at some points in history kids would take guns to school for protection.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChrisIA

      I'm sure both of these gang members were NRA members as well. They seem to fit the typical description. Considering that the guns involved are not being targeted by ANY of the current proposed legislation or measures, nor is a magazine capable of restricting the number of rounds that were fired here, your comment is essentially useless, uninformed, and obviously intentionally inflammatory. Troll elsewhere, trolling troll.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheepleherder

      There are other commonalities in this story, the least of them being a "school". It's unfortunate that your fear blinds you to the reality that guns are not the problem.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben Edwards

      It makes you reconsider the future of this country, doesn't it?

      January 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • dont be a sucker

      Murder in America in 2011...By the Numbers according to the FBI

      -Rifles (this includes All centerfire and rimfire, semi-auto, bolt-action, and lever-action)....323
      -Handguns...(You ready for this?)...6,220

      -Blunt objects...496...More than rifles
      -'Personal' weapons (Fists, feet, etc)...728...Over twice as many as rifles
      -Various methods...Drowning, Poison, etc...1164...Close to 4 times more than rifles
      -Knives/cutting 'instruments'...1,694...Over 5 times more than rifles

      But hey lets go after rifles.....:eye-roll:.....Nothing like missing the Big Picture

      January 22, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • reality

      So clearlight did they use so called assault weapons or were they pistols, the people that do these kind of acts of aggression are the problem, its sad to say that these things will continue to happen until they start attacking the root of tbe problem not the method that they choose to commit the crime and even then not all of it will be prevented. We as a country have lost what family values are, morality, empathy for others and even ones own dignity to achieve ones own personal and selfish gain at the expense of others. That's reality.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheepleherder

      I don't agree with everything the NRA advocates, but as long as they continue to fight against the politicians manipulations and your irrational fear of guns, I will continue to support them. You all need to stop being afraid, it's unhealthy for you and the nation!

      January 22, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Today's was a shooting that just happened to take place on a school campus. One even began to walk away from the argument according to an eyewitness when the other guy pulled on him.

      January 22, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. samikep

    Prior to the 1990 [Gun-Free School Zone Act], there had been only seven shootings at an American school in the previous 214 years... However guns have been around all of those 214 years...

    January 22, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Love My Gun

    I will NOT let Obama take my families ability to protect itself away. My house is full of guns, and there is always one within reach. Say it with me, I will not be a victim.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChrisIA

      I will not be a victim!

      January 22, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • RN

      But apparently your ability to spell is already gone. Who is to blame for your poor grasp of the English language?

      January 22, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      "It's more common for an armed homeowner in the United States to be a victim of suicide, homicide, assault or an accidental shooting than it is for that person to shoot an intruder" – research for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that people who have guns in their homes are nearly three times more likely to be a victim of homicide and nearly five times more likely to commit suicide.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • wonderful world of weapons

      What's several innocent dead bodies when you can have your fun and shoot some cans in your backyard...yeehawwwww!!!!!!!!

      January 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jonathen

    Lone store college has armed guards and security on campus.. and a shooting occurs..

    And in Texas no less

    January 22, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • samikep

      Yup in a gun free zone where you can't carry no less.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
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